McEWAN, YATES REACTION
audio interview with Billy McEwan from BBC Radio Nottingham here
interview taken from BBC Hereford & Worcester
Yates: We Must Look at Ourselves
Posted on: Sat 16 Aug 2008
An angry Mark Yates said after the eventual 4-2 defeat: "The first-half defensive performance was poor, and that angers me even more because we've been working on that.
"We worked on Jason Lee winning his headers and Mark Stallard getting the flicks, and it was just too easy for them.
"It's something we'll try and address and sort out but my defenders have got to get back to keeping clean sheets and limiting people's chances, otherwise it's going to be a tough one.
"We gifted them three goals - they've got some very good players but no way on earth are they better than us and I'm bitterly disappointed - at half-time I was shell-shocked."
"I had a few choice words with one or two at half-time - I wanted a reaction and I certainly got that -we were by far the better team in the second half," continued Yates.
"The reason Justin Richards got such a good goal - and what a goal it was - was because he put it in for 90 minutes and worked his socks off throughout and never gave up on anything.
"He made a lot more right decisions than wrong decisions, he won his flick-ons and kept the ball for us and he scored a worldy.
"Some other players have got to realise that you score decent goals and do decent things in games by working hard, and one or two didn't do that today."
Yates added: "Perhaps I picked the wrong team to start the game with? I'll have a good look at myself tonight and the players have got to look at themselves.
"We've just said in the dressing room that we've gifted teams eight points and our season started at 4:00pm this afternoon.
"A week and an hour late, but our season has started now and we've got to get it right."
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